Concluded the First Edition of Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano

The first edition of the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race ended in Bagno di Romagna after eight days on mountain bike through the Emilia-Romagna Apennines starting from Bologna.

After more than 400 km and 16,000 meters of altitude gain, the bikers of the first edition of the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race ended their 8-day journey through the mountains, villages and magnificent panoramas of the Emilia Romagna.


The medieval village of Bagno di Romagna welcomed riders from 16 nations and 4 continents who had challenged each other for 8 days, always with a smile on their faces, along a highly spectacular and scenic ridge route, which traces a big part of the itinerary of the Alta Via dei Parchi.

All the competitors fell in love with 360-degree panoramas of the mountains and valleys, high-altitude pastures and forests that descended down to the valley. The volunteers and the communities of the villages crossed were waiting down the routes: Berceto, Castelnovo in the Monti, Fanano, Porretta Terme, Santa Sofia and Bagno di Romagna.


There were 4 categories in the competition: Team Men, Team Women, Mixed Team (man / woman), Solo. Appenninica4, a race of just 4 days for the Solo category, started from the Porretta Terme’s stage.

The fastest and the winner of the Solo category was the young Austrian Lukas Kauffman, who wore the leader jersey from the first stages, followed by the American Coulton Hartrich, while the Italian Lorenzo De Sanctis closed in third position. A really tight challenge considering that after 8 stages and over 23 hours spent in the saddle the gap between the first three was only 45 minutes.

What we experienced here in the Apennines is true mountain biking. The route is complete with everything: we have met some important technical sections and climbs but my favorite part was the long single track on the ridge on the high mountains“, says Lukas Kauffman.


On the Team Men category the Dutchmen Maurits Buist and Henk Bos won with a total time of 25:11:45, followed by the Swiss team composed by Thomas Jauner and Christian Biffiger. The Czechoslovak team of Michal Prokop and Peter Gunter finished in third position.

Beautiful and tight the challenge in the category Team Women with Lorenza Menapace (Ita) and Danièle Troesch (Fra) who won in front of the English Sophie Hemming and Melanie Alexander second by only 21 minutes, but with four stage wins.

With the time of 29:16:31 the winning Team Mixed was the South Africans Yolandi Du Toit and Ben Swanepoel.


Started from Porretta Terme Appenninica4, the race that only covered the last 4 stages, saw the victory of the Italian Matteo Bravaccini, followed 13 minutes later by the Dutchman Casper Van Oosten who had worn the leader’s jersey after the time trial in Porretta Terme. Scott Cornish from Great Britain finished third.

 “We are very proud to have successfully completed the first edition of this event with a complex organization. There have been 8 very important days for the promotion of our territory. The feedback we are receiving from competitors is really great. Everyone is enthusiastic both for the quality of the route chosen and for the hospitality which we have been able to offer thanks to the support and involvement of all the locations involved“, said organizer Beppe Salerno.


Photo Selection: 

Becking and Piana conquer Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023

The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo is the first male athlete to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Becking sealed the overall win by raising arms again in the last stage, followed by Tiago Ferreira and Tim Smeenge, who join him on the podium in second and third position respectively. Debora Piana takes the women’s GC, while Ilina triumphs again in Vidiciatico. “We are really proud of the athletes’ feedback” said the organizers

Happy day for DMT Racing Team in Vidiciatico. Becking and Piana keep the lead

Tiago Ferreira went all-in in the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race from Fanano to Vidiciatico, trying to pursue the leader’s jersey, but Becking kept everything under control. Same plot in the women’s category, with Russian Kristina Ilina taking her second win and Piana in control

Appenninica’s colour is Orange: Smeenge and Becking the stars of stage 4

The Dutch MTB Marathon National champion raises hands in Fanano, while Becking increases his gap in the GC on Tiago Ferreira. Debora Piana keeps dominating and makes it three in a row. Tomorrow, September 8th, the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023 runs from Fanano to Lizzano in Belvedere

Becking and Piana strenghten their lead in Fiumalbo

The two leaders got the second win at Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023. The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo Team sprinted over Tiago Ferreira, while things are getting spicy for the bronze medal, with four riders fighting for the third position. In the women’s field, the Italian of Team Cingolani-Specialized secured the leader jersey with another success in Fiumalbo over Ilina. Tomorrow, September 7th, the peloton heads to Fanano

Ferreira and Piana tame the Mountain Queen Stage

The Portuguese athlete of DMT Racing Team answered back to Becking’s success in the opening stage, while Tronconi and Smeenge remain in contention behind them. Debora Piana took the win and the lead in the women’s category. Tomorrow, September 6th, marks the first-ever border crossing from Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany for the race, with the stage starting and finishing again in Fiumalbo

Becking and Ilina secure victory in the opening act of Appenninica 2023

The Dutch rider from Team Buff-Megamo the Russian of DMT Racing Team have made an impact on the inaugural stage of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Completing the men’s podium were Tiago Ferreira and Martino Tronconi, while Debora Piana and Nina Brenn claimed spots on the women’s top-3. Tomorrow, September 5th, comes the anticipated Queen Stage

Castelnovo ne’ Monti and the Bismantova Rock welcome back the Appenninica show

The program of the MTB stage race (4-9 September) was anticipated by the “Appenninica lovers” Granfondo. Starting from tomorrow, the main event will kick off with Hans Becking and Tiago Ferreira leading the title race, while Naima Diesner emerges as the top contender in the Women’s field

With 150 riders from all continents, the Appenninica challenge goes global

Approaching its fifth edition (September 4-9, 2023), Appenninica MTB Stage Race – the mountain bike stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, Italy – is set to showcase 150 athletes hailing from 24 Nations, marking a sold-out status. This year, the event introduces an innovative initiative: Appenninica Teen Camp

Miguel Martinez leads the charge of “The Appenninici”

Cross-country gold medalist from the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Miguel Martinez, is set to kick off the 2023 Appenninica MTB Stage Race (September 4-9, 2023). A multitude of riders will converge for this stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, seeking a distinctive adventure filled with a treasure trove of stories and anecdotes.

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